NEW RIVER GORGE FAMILY FARM

Agent Contact:
David Sibray, Randy Burdette, 304-575-7390, 304-667-2897

A woodland retreat near the rim of the New River Gorge, this 53-acre family-farm property includes a luxury five-bedroom, 3.5 bath principal residence and a seven-acre pasture with a pond, barn, cottage, orchard, and riding ring.

OVERVIEW

A five-minute walk from the boundary of the scenic New River Gorge National River, the New River Gorge Family Farm was designed for self-sufficiency and to take advantage of proximity to the national park, as both a recreational convenience and long-term investment. The property includes a luxury four bedroom residence, more than 30 acres of woodland, and a seven-acre farm with a cottage, pond, pasture, orchard, riding ring, and four-stall horse barn.

A drive of fewer than 10 minutes from the New River Gorge Bridge, the property affords easy access to the National Park Service’s hiking and biking trails and rock-climbing areas and some of its most challenging whitewater paddling. The historic and touristy Town of Fayetteville, also the county seat of Fayette County, is a 15-minute drive from the property, as is the historic town of Ansted, home of scenic Hawks Nest State Park.

Though more than two million tourists visit the area annually, the property is located in a quiet rural corner of the upland convenient to, though isolated from, the core area of tourist activity. The nearby Endless Wall Trail, a 10-minute drive from the farm, has been ranked the No. 1 national park hiking trail in the country by USA Today.

THE RESIDENCE

Designed to accommodate a relaxed-but-busy lifestyle, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom, family-friendly residence offers plenty of outdoor living space in which to unwind or effortlessly entertain large and small groups. The layout promotes social connections and allows for a clear view of outdoor recreation areas.

Its floor plan maximizes space and provides excellent room-to-room flow.

A welcoming front hall, den, and utility area lead friends and family through the home and into a flanking garage and workshop area. Along the multi-windowed rear of the home, stylish kitchen and dining areas and a family room open one into another and onto the large deck and patio with a hot tub area. The kitchen island area and sunroom-dinette are favorite features.

Upstairs, four bedrooms, a study, bathroom, and a laundry room open into a hall that leads to a private master suite with a recessed ceiling and private bath with a shower room and a garden tub located in a corner turret. The basement level includes a home theater ideal for gaming parties and a bathroom, bedroom, kitchenette, and additional utility and storage rooms.

Other features of the residence include a children’s playhouse, a large concrete-pad parking area, and a second pad and basement bay that accommodate a wood-burning stove and wood storage area to provide independent electric generation.

The residence and its lawn are surrounded on all sides by woodland that creates a privacy perimeter.

THE FARM

Developed to accommodate gardens, pasture, and a few livestock, the farm includes a four-stall barn with a tack room, washing station, and hayloft on a concrete slab. A farmhand’s cabin with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living area is situated in a grove near the barn. Other farm highlights include a riding ring, an orchard with heirloom trees, and other small livestock sheds. A small spring-fed pond is situated at the center of the pasture area. No livestock is currently housed on the property.

The farm is visually separated from the residence and its yard and from Gaymont Mountain Road 60/26 by a boundary of woodlands.

THE BARN/STABLE

The ground level of the timber construction barn/stable is 40’ x 37’, the maul top is 18’ x 37’, also the ground level includes an open shed 11’ x 36’. The barn/stable features 4 stalls, tack room, electric and water with an asphalt floor. The barn/stable has a metal roof.

THE WOODLAND

Multiple trails wander the woodland surrounding the farm and residence, providing access to quiet groves and beauty spots. A host of native upland plants thrive in its several micro-habitats. Two small streams source on the property and descend toward the gorge.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The property includes approx. 53 acres, primarily wooded, though with seven acres or more of pasture and farmland and residential lawn.
  • In addition to its five-bedroom log siding principal residence, amenities include a seven-acre pasture with a pond, barn, cottage, orchard, and riding ring.
  • The property was designed for self-sufficiency and to take advantage of proximity to the national park, as both a convenience and long-term financial investment.
  • Multiple trails wander the woodland, providing access to quiet groves and beauty spots. Two small streams source on the property and descend toward the gorge.
  • A drive of fewer than 15 minutes from the New River Gorge Bridge, the National Park Service’s Canyon Rim Visitor Center, and touristy Fayetteville and its shops and restaurants.
  • A drive of fewer than 10 minutes from Hawks Nest State Park, Adventures on the Gorge Resort, and the Midland Trail Scenic Highway (US-60) at Ansted.
  • A drive an hour from the state capital at Charleston, a city of more than 45,000 residents with a metro-area population of more than 200,000. The City of Beckley is a drive of about 45 minutes to the south.
  • The New River Gorge area is an annual destination for more than 200,000 hikers, bikers, paddlers, climbers, and sightseers, though the farm is quiet and secluded.
  • Municipal water service is provided to the property and surrounding neighborhood, though several springs also source in the woodland near the residence and farm area.
  • Superior access by state maintained paved roads – FedEx and UPS delivery
  • The home has instant heated hot water from Navien units.
  • Heating and Cooling: The home has central heat and air by a Carrier Comfort 92 propane gas furnace with heat pump
  • Wood stove: In addition to the central HVAC system a HEATMOR model 2000SS outside wood stove is ready for service
  • Backup generator: The home is ready for the occasional power outages with a Kohler model 20RELSAL propane engine. The generator was installed in the summer of 2012
  • Kitchen appliances includes stainless steel Bosch countertop gas range, a commercial size Whirlpool stainless steel front double door refrigerator, a Kitchen Aid stainless steel front automatic dishwasher, and a stainless-steel double wall over by Frigidaire
  • The kitchen includes a center work island with stools next to the Bosch countertop range

HOME DETAILS

Highlights

  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 5 bath
  • Central heat and cooling
  • Eight seat theater
  • Full kitchen
  • Kitchenette on the lower level
  • Large dining room
  • Oak staircase
  • Jacuzzi tub
  • Huge walk in closet with master suit
  • Large dining room with double French doors from office library and pocket door to kitchen
  • Instant heat hot water heaters
  • Lots of storage
  • Attached garage 22’ x 22’6”
  • Large concrete exterior parking pad 32’ x 38’ with basketball goal
  • Public water
  • HEATMOR outside wood stove
  • Stately stone chimney
  • Backup generator
  • Log siding
  • Metal roof
  • Outstanding patio deck 32’ X 20’ with 4’ wide handicap ramp
  • Heated exterior 6-person hot tub 8’ x 8’
  • Large covered front porch with ceiling fan 32’ x 12’ offset 7’6”
  • Pull down attic access stairs
  • Kids private playhouse 8’ x 12’
  • Bosch gas countertop range
  • Stainless kitchen appliances

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • The New River National Gorge is minutes away
  • 15 minutes to Bridge Day event held every October
  • 10 minutes to historic Ansted
  • 10 minutes to Hawks Nest Resort State Park
  • 20 Minutes to historic Fayetteville WV
  • 25 minutes to Babcock State Park
  • One hour or less to Beckley, 80,000-acre New River Gorge National Park, Hawks Nest Resort and Babcock State Park,
  • 45 Minutes to Summersville Lake
  • 15 hours plus to historic Lewisburg
  • A picturesque Amtrak train ride from Prince connects the area to DC, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and many other locations
  • Washington, DC is 5 hours away and Charlotte only 4
  • Charleston, Beckley, Lewisburg airports offer jet service to main hubs
  • Charleston, the state capitol, is 1.5 hours’ drive and offers all large city amenities
  • Easy access to US Rt. 19, I-64, I-77, I-79,
  • The Bechtel Summit Reserve, the12,000-acre Boy Scouts of America’s high adventure camp, is a 30-minute drive

Home Room Dimensions

Entry Level

Living room with fireplace, surround speakers and old hewn laminate flooring  19’3” x 16’
Dining room with double French doors, pocket door to kitchen, and oak flooring  17’4” x 13’6”
Kitchen  21’2” x 13’7” offset 10’6” x 11’5”
Office/Library 14’6” x 13’4”
Half bath 7’5” x 3’9” offset 3’8” x 3’4”

Upstairs

Master Bedroom with Jacuzzi tub and separate shower stall 17’9” x 13’5”
Master bath 14’6” x 13’4”
Walk in closet 9’4” x 9’6”
Laundry/Utility 10’4” x 7’
Hallway full bathroom 10’5” x 7’8”
Bedroom #2 with carpet   16’3” x 11’8”
Bedroom #3 (bunk beds) carpet 16’ x 11’3” offset 10’7” x 7’6”
Bedroom #4, lime gr. 14’5” x 11’4”

Basement

Bedroom #5 13’2” x 13’2”
Bathroom ¾ with shower stall, 6’5” x 9’7”, tile floor, marble top vanity
Kitchenette   17’ x 5’4” offset 14’ x 6”
Home theatre 16’7” x 14’7”, custom seats for 8
Foyer 16’2” x 9’8”
Center hallway 10’7” x 3’7”

Total Living Space = sq. ft. approx. 3162

Garage and Outbuilding Dimensions

Two car garage 22’ x 22’6”
Outbuilding 10’8” x 12’7”

LOCATION

Google Coordinates: 38.112487°(N), -81.101502°(W)
Address: 1117 Gaymont Mountain Road, Victor, WV 25938
Elevation Range: 1478 ft. to 1800 ft. +/-

FOREST/TIMBER RESOURCES

46 +/- acre timber resource acreage is composed of quality Appalachian hardwoods. This timber resource can provide a great deal of flexibility to the next ownership in terms of potential harvest revenue and can be managed to provide cash flow opportunities to offset holding cost and long-term asset appreciation.

Capital Timber Value of the timber and pulpwood has not been determined.

AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES

The New River Gorge Family Farm’s rich soil, 4-season climate, and gentle topography provide the necessary elements for a permaculture lifestyle. There are currently about 7 acres open with some pasture that are suitable for row crops like corn, pumpkins etc.

Honeybees would do well here, and it would be possible to produce maple syrup from the sugar and red maple trees growing on the property

WILDLIFE

The mixture of forest, emerging forest, grown over farm fields, old fruit trees, coupled with the abundant water supply from the nearby New River, create the perfect wildlife habitat. The “edge effect” created between, the river, farm open lands, transmission line and forest is the textbook habitat for the resident wildlife. The hardwood forest produces acorns, hickory nuts, beech nuts, walnuts, and soft mast. White tail deer, black bear, red/gray fox, bobcat, wild turkey, squirrel, raccoon, fox and many species of songbirds, eagles, owls, and hawks make up the resident wildlife population. It is hard to find a property that has a better mix of wildlife as there has been little hunting pressure for many years

WATER

Municipal water service is provided to the property and surrounding neighborhood, though several springs also source in the woodland near the residence and farm area. Water and electric are in place in the horse barn. One pond is located in the basin of the pasture near the farm

MINERAL RESOURCES

West Virginia is one of the states in the US that has two ownership titles, those being SURFACE RIGHTS and MINERAL RIGHTS. As per the deeds in the chain of title this property will convey as SURFACE RIGHTS ONLY.

BOUNDARIES AND SURVEY

There are metes and bounds descriptions in the deeds for the tracts comprising the property and an exception.  The property is being sold by the boundary and not by the acre.

UTILITIES

Water: Public
Sewer: Septic system
Electricity: In place
Telephone: Landline available
Internet:  rural4g.com
Cellphone Coverage: Good

ACCESS/FRONTAGE

The property has about 1/4 mile of frontage on Gaymont Mountain Road RT 60/26 of the public road system, and the driveway of the farm connects to the Gaymont Mountain Road within that frontage.

ZONING

Fayette County is subject to some zoning and subdivision regulations. All prospective buyers should consult the County Commission and the Health Department for details regarding zoning, building codes and installation of septic systems.

PROPERTY TYPE/USE SUMMARY

The property is used as a full-time family residence and has been used as a horse farm.

DEED AND TAX INFORMATION

Deed Information: DB 612 PG 721 less exception, and DB 628 Pg. 680
Fayette County, West Virginia
Acreage: 53.131 acres +/-

Real Estate Tax ID/Acreage/Taxes:
Fayette County (10), West Virginia
New Haven District (1)

Tax Map 33 Parcel 28; SURF 28.65 AC NEW RIV 560/159 BY SURVEY; Class 2; 2020 Real Estate Taxes $2,015.28
Tax Map 33 Parcel 36.5; 15.45 AC FEE LESS COAL; GAYMONT MTN RD NEW RIVER & MILL CREEK TR 1; Class 2; 2020 Real Estate Taxes $547.50

2020 Real Estate Taxes: $2,562.78

SCHOOLS

Fayette County School District

Public Elementary School:
Ansted Elementary School

Public Middle School:
New River Intermediate School

Public High School:
Midland Trail High School

Public College:
Fayette Institute of Technology
WVU Tech in Beckley

SURROUNDING AREA

Hawks Nest Resort State Park

Nestled in the heart of whitewater rafting country, Hawks Nest State Park is a 270-acre recreational area with a nature museum, aerial tramway, jetboat rides, hiking trails and one of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the nation. Its 31-room lodge offers luxurious rooms, dining and spacious conference and meeting facilities. Located just 10 miles north of the New River Gorge Bridge, Hawks Nest is known for its scenic overlook, which provides a bird’s eye view of the rugged New River Gorge National River below.

New River Gorge National River

Established in 1978, New River Gorge National River encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along 53 miles of the New River from Bluestone Dam to Hawk’s Nest Lake. A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep and spectacular canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on Earth. In southern West Virginia, the New River continues to carve the deepest and longest river gorge in the Appalachian Mountains.  One of the most exciting destinations for hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling in the eastern U.S. More than a million visitors annually climb rocks along the rim of the gorge near Fayetteville and paddle its whitewater runs on the New and its tributaries. Countless miles of hiking and biking trails wander the park and climb into the surrounding mountains. The nearby Gauley River National Recreation Area likewise attracts thousands of tourists annually, notably rafters during “Gauley Season” in autumn when the river runs strong.

is part of a globally significant forest containing the most diverse flora of any river gorge in the south and central Appalachian Mountains. The Appalachian Mountain forests are some of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems in the world. Here in southern West Virginia, the New River has sliced through the mountains, creating a mosaic of habitats: unfragmented forest, cliff and rimrock habitats, forest seeps and wetlands, and mature bottomland forests. These habitats provide a refuge for endangered mammals and rare birds and amphibians, including the endangered Virginia big-eared bat and Indiana bat and the Allegheny woodrat, a species of special concern in West Virginia and in decline throughout the eastern United States.

The waters of the New River system contain a mosaic of hydrologic features and aquatic habitats that support a highly productive aquatic ecosystem that includes distinct populations of native fish, mussels, crayfish, and a broad array of other aquatic life, including rare amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

The area is one of the most popular outdoor-recreation destination areas in West Virginia — a paradise of natural and cultural amenities found in few other places in the eastern U.S. More than a million visitors toured the region in 2017, according to the National Park Service, climbing rocks, paddling streams, and hiking, biking, and running miles of scenic trail. Winter in the mountains attracts yet another recreational clientele — skiers bound for the slopes at Winterplace, a drive of 40 minutes to the south, and Snowshoe Mountain, a drive of two-and-a-half hours to the northeast.

Nearby is Adventures on the Gorge, one of the most enduring and popular adventure resorts in the U.S., a pioneer in the whitewater rafting industry that has helped set the stage for high-end economic development in the region.

As a result of its burgeoning tourism market, the area also enjoys more than its share of singular shops and restaurants, many of which cluster around Fayetteville, a drive of five minutes from the villa. Other exceptional eateries and retail destinations are located an hour west at Charleston, the state capital, and an hour east at Lewisburg, one of the most livable small towns in the U.S., according to National Geographic. The region is also renowned for great golf, and more than a score of courses are located within a short, including three at The Greenbrier, home of the PGA tour, and Oakhurst Links, the first course built in the U.S.

The region is easy to access. As remote as the region may seem, an expressway courses through its center, spanning the gorge by way of the New River Gorge Bridge only a few miles away. Interstates 77 and 64 and US 19 and US 60 are only a half hour’s drive. Amtrak passenger stations on the Chicago-New York route are located 10 minutes away at Thurmond.  Jet airports are located an hour away at Beckley and Charleston and Lewisburg.

Historic Thurmond

The historic town of Thurmond is just 4 miles downriver from the property. Presently, the National Park owns approximately 80% of the town of Thurmond, including the historic Thurmond Depot. Three times each week, Amtrak uses the Thurmond Depot as a passenger stop and coal trains continue to roll through town daily. The town’s population is 5, all of whom sit on the city council.

The town of Thurmond was no more than a man’s dream in April of 1873 when Captain William D. Thurmond received 73 acres of land as payment for his services as a surveyor. With access to the newly completed C&O Railroad, as well as the rich coalfields of Southern West Virginia, the soon-to-be named town of Thurmond was positioned to become an important cog in both the coal and rail industries. It was not until the late 1880’s with the completion of the Southside Junction railroad bridge that crosses the New River at the mouth of Dunloup Creek that Thurmond saw its prosperity and important to the area grow.

The town of Thurmond was incorporated in 1903. In the following years, Thurmond’s population and economy boomed. The town’s steam engine repair shop was one of the primary reasons for its success. The raucous nature of Thurmond’s neighbor across the river, Dunglen, has also been credited as an aid to Thurmond’s thriving economy.

Thurmond’s importance started to deteriorate when roads arrived in 1917. Around that time, two major fires, one that burned through the south side of Thurmond in 1922 and the Dunglen Hotel fire in 1930, destroyed much of the town’s infrastructure and many establishments moved away. The final blow to the rail industry in Thurmond came in 1949 when the C&O Company purchased its first diesel engine and began phasing out its steam engines.

Commercial whitewater rafting came to Thurmond with the founding of Wildwater Unlimited in 1968. The outdoor adventure business has continued to grow in and around the town of Thurmond. In 1987 the National Park Service established the protected area known today as the New River Gorge National River.

Though it is a shell of its former self, the historic town of Thurmond still stands as a reminder of the past. It truly is where the River meets History!

Town of Fayetteville

Fayetteville’s historic district is both charming and one of the most attractive locations for outfitters shops, boutique shops, and specialty restaurants in West Virginia. More than a dozen antiques shops were operating in the Fayetteville area in summer 2017, and five independent restaurants in the district were offering an outstanding selection of unique cuisine. Fayetteville is central to the travel-destination area as well as the legal center of the Fayette County. Its population in 2014 was estimated at 2,892.

City of Oak Hill

Oak Hill is Fayette County’s largest municipality and its economic center. Its population in 2010 was estimated at 7,730. Plateau Medical Center, the largest hospital in the county, is located off the US-19 expressway on Main Street in its downtown. The city has recently increased its investment in recreational and quality-of-life improvements and has acquired land for the new outdoor-adventure park approaching the edge of the New River Gorge.

The Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve

As a result of unrivaled access to recreation, the Boy Scouts of America established its national Jamboree site here encompassing 12,000 acres and has invested over $300,000,000 in the acquisition and buildout of the site.

The Summit is the home of the World Jamboree as well as the National Scout Jamboree. The Summit is the national leadership center for the Boy Scouts of America as well as one of the organization’s five high-adventure bases. More than 50,000 scouts and leaders from all over 40 countries attended the World Jamboree in 2019.

REGIONAL INFORMATION

  • https://fayettecounty.wv.gov/
  • https://newrivergorgecvb.com/
  • https://visitfayettevillewv.com/
  • https://visitwv.com/our-area/fayette/
  • https://fayettecounty.com/
  • https://wvexplorer.com/communities/counties/fayette-county-west-virginia/
  • https://www.nps.gov/neri/index.htm
  • https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/nrgbridge.htm
  • https://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/new-river-gorge-national-river
  • https://www.summitbsa.org/about-us/new-river-gorge/
  • https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2418/